The Best Long Reach Hedge Trimmers For Tackling Tall Hedges With Precision

Say goodbye to wobbly ladders and unsafe pruning methods with our handpicked selection of long reach hedge trimmers.
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Whether you need to cut an overgrown conifer, cherry laurel or any other type of hedge, a long-reach hedge trimmer (also referred to as a telescopic pole hedge trimmer) is the perfect tool for the job. Although standard cordless hedge trimmers are far more popular, the long-reach alternative is more versatile. This is because most models allow you to shorten the extension pole and use it as a standard hedge trimmer when required.

To help you choose a long reach hedge trimmer for all your cutting requirements, our hand-picked selection features top-performing models chosen through our first-hand experience cutting a range of hedges, testing, and thorough research.

Greenworks G40PSH Extendable Cordless Hedge Trimmer
Best Overall: Greenworks G40PSH Hedge Trimmer
Ryobi ONE+ 18V RPT Pole Trimmer
Best Reach: Ryobi ONE+ 18V RPT Pole Hedge Trimmer
NETTA Extendable Hedge Trimmer
Best Value: NETTA Extendable Hedge Trimmer
VonHaus Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer
Best All-Rounder: VonHaus Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer
Terratek 20V Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
Best Budget: Terratek 20V Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
Hyundai 52cc Petrol Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
Best Petrol: Hyundai 52cc Long Reach Hedge Trimmer

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Long Reach Hedge Trimmers

After years of using telescopic ladders and a standard hedge trimmer to tackle our tall hedges, we eventually invested in a long-reach tool.

Needless to say, it has been one of our most used gardening tools in the shed and it’s used by many of our family and friends too. Whether we are cutting tall Griselinia hedges to perfection or overgrown conifers, we’ve tried and tested multiple long-reach hedge trimmers (for this article) on a range of hedges, trees and shrubs.

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The main factors that we took into consideration whilst looking into the various long-reach options for our personal use were the total reach and weight. After previously using a heavy alternative, the weight of that machine was a major drawback after holding it upright for a long period of time and it certainly made it quite difficult to use near the end.

To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest long-reach hedge trimmers (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest models offered by top brands in the UK. This means that if we notice a brand has released a new and improved model, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test (where applicable).

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Below is a video we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing and demonstrating the ease of using a long-reach hedge trimmer. We purchased the Greenworks G40PSH (our top-rated recommendation in our roundup) that we are using in the video and as you can see, cutting all angles of the conifer is effortless.

As well as our testing and experience of using multiple long-reach hedge trimmers, we also based our recommendations upon the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the total reach, weight, blade construction, battery runtime, adjustable head positions, ease of operation, warranty and value.

The Best Long Reach Hedge Trimmers

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1. Best Overall: Greenworks G40PSH Hedge Trimmer

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The Greenworks brand is well-known for its battery-powered gardening tools and the brand’s long-reach hedge trimmer (known as the G40PSH) is one of their most-rated tools. What makes it stand out from the crowd is the fact that it comes as a complete kit that includes a telescopic hedge trimmer and a branch saw for all your long-reach cutting tasks.

In terms of powering up the tool, you simply insert the supplied 40V battery at the bottom of the extension pole. It’s important to note that if you already own a Greenworks tool, the batteries are interchangeable.

Pros
  • Provides a reach of up to 2.8 metres
  • Adjustable 7 position trimmer (this make it much easier to achieve your desired finish)
  • Weighs just 4.3KG when using the extension poles
  • 40aH provides plenty of battery performance
  • Can be dismantled into three parts for easier storage/transport
Cons
  • Most expensive long-reach hedge trimmer within our roundup

Although expensive, the Greenworks G40PSH is the ultimate long-reach hedge trimmer that also comes complete with a chainsaw attachment. We personally own this model (as discussed below) and it has paid for itself ten times over and we highly recommend it to anyone that has to deal with hedges of all shapes and sizes.

2. Best Reach: Ryobi ONE+ 18V RPT Pole Hedge Trimmer

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Ryobi is another brand that’s well-known for its battery-powered tools and their RPT Pole Hedge Trimmer is a great option to consider. The standout feature of this particular model is that it has one of the longest reaches when compared to other cordless alternatives because it extends to a total of 2.9 metres.

In terms of its cutting capabilities, it uses an Oregon bar and chain along with a high torque motor to effortlessly cut through branches that are up to 18 mm thick.

Pros
  • Powerful 18V lithium battery
  • 45 cm diamond ground blades
  • 4 adjustable motor head positions
  • Supplied with a shoulder strap
  • Backed by a two year warranty (optional third year)
Cons
  • Quite heavy when compared to other cordless alternatives (weighs 4.6 KG)

To conclude, the Ryobi ONE+ RPT is a high performing and well-made long reach hedge trimmer that won’t disappoint. The only main drawback is that it weighs quite a bit more than the alternatives listed in this article.

3. Best Value: NETTA Extendable Hedge Trimmer

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If you are on a tight budget but want a long-reach hedge trimmer that’ll actually last, the NETTA brand has the perfect solution. Their cordless model provides a total reach of 2.4 metres and it’s also one of the lightest because it weighs just 3.4 KG. This makes cutting large hedges far easier because the heavier alternatives can be difficult to use.

Pros
  • Weighs just 3.4 KG
  • 51 cm laser cut diamond finished blades
  • Cuts up to 16 mm
  • Two way safety switch operation
  • Multiple trimmer positions (30 to 150 degree angles)
  • During testing, we found it easy to extend with the telescopic pole
Cons
  • Not backed by a reputable brand and only has a one year warranty

Overall, the NETTA 20V is an excellent option to consider if you are looking for an extendable hedge trimmer on a budget. Although it isn’t developed by a reputable brand, the one-year warranty provided by NETTA along with its popularity is a good indicator of its quality.

4. Best All-Rounder: VonHaus Cordless Pole Hedge Trimmer

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If you require an affordable yet high-quality pole hedge trimmer, look no further than VonHaus’s offering. With an extendable reach of up to 2.4 metres and 45 cm long dual action blades, it makes trimmer hedges a breeze.

Although relatively affordable, this particular model is backed by a two-year warranty for peace of mind.

Pros
  • Two stage safety trigger for additional safety
  • Weighs just 3.8 KG with the battery installed
  • Backed by a two year warranty
  • Available in black or grey
  • Provides a runtime of 50 minutes
  • During testing, we found the adjustable head easy to adjust in all angles
  • Supplied with a shoulder strap
  • Easy to setup and use/extend
Cons
  • Not powerful enough to cut through medium to large branches

To conclude, the VonHaus pole hedge trimmer ticks all the boxes and its popularity is a clear indication of the tool’s quality. Some improvements could be made but for the money, you can’t go wrong with this model.

5. Best Budget: Terratek 20V Long Reach Hedge Trimmer

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Another affordable long-reach hedge trimmer that’s worth considering is the Terratek 20V model. Although it’s the cheapest within this article, it’s more than capable of cutting hedges just as well as the premium alternatives.

In terms of its ability to cut overgrown hedges, it has a total reach of 2.4 metres and it can be adjusted to 5 different head positions to best suit your hedge-cutting requirements.

Pros
  • 45 cm dual action steel blades
  • Battery provides a run time of up to 45 minutes
  • Weighs a total of 3.5 KG
  • Supplied with a shoulder strap
  • Backed by a two year warranty
Cons
  • We felt that it was cheaply made and not as high quality when compared to other branded alternatives

Considering the budget price tag of the Terratek 20V and the fact that it comes with a two-year warranty, you simply can’t go wrong. It certainly challenges most premium alternatives on the market and it won’t disappoint.

6. Best Petrol: Hyundai 52cc Long Reach Hedge Trimmer

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If you don’t want to be restricted by the runtime of a battery, a petrol hedge trimmer is the perfect solution. This professional long-reach model by Hyundai is a great option to consider and it’s powered by the brand’s reliable 52 cc two-stroke petrol engine. For complete peace of mind, not only is this hedge trimmer made by the reputable Hyundai brand but it’s also backed by an impressive three-year manufacturer’s warranty too.

Pros
  • Total reach of 3 metres
  • Soft-pull easy start
  • During testing, we really liked the ability to adjust it in so many positions (14 adjustable positions)
  • Splits into three parts for storage
  • Supplied with shoulder straps
Cons
  • Heaviest long-reach hedge trimmer (due to the petrol motor)
  • More maintenance is required when compared to the cordless alternatives

Overall, the Hyundai 52cc long reach hedge trimmer is an excellent bit of kit and it’s ideal for cutting hedges of all shapes and sizes. However, the fact that it’s petrol-powered makes it less of an appealing option for most people who’ve gotten used to using cordless tools. It’s also the heaviest within this article at 8KG, which is another major drawback.

Conclusion

Long-reach hedge trimmers make cutting and shaping your hedges far easier and they only cost a small amount extra when compared to a standard model. Depending upon the model you choose, many can also be used on their shortest length for cutting smaller hedges too. Whether you need to cut a conifer or some fast-growing bamboo, all of our recommendations are suitable for every budget and are capable of cutting hedges up to 3 metres tall.

If you require further information regarding our long-reach hedge cutter recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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